SERIOUS lawsuit leaves promising rookie’s career in jeopardy
One current player and two former players on the San Diego State University football team have been named in a lawsuit, alleging they gang-raped a 17-year-old girl at an off-campus party in October 2021. The defendants named in the lawsuit include former SDSU punter Matt Araiza, who was drafted by the Buffalo Bills, current Aztec Zavier Leonard, and Nowlin “Pa’a” Ewaliko, a former member of the team.
Damages for rape, gender abuse, false detention, and property culpability are being sought in the action.
After a nine-month investigation by the San Diego Police Department, the matter is currently being reviewed by the San Diego County District Attorney for potential criminal charges.
Araiza, who logged an 82-yard punt and has had a phenomenal preseason, might never play a meaningful down at the next level if these accusations are indeed true.